June 2016

New device could unlock information potential of sunlight

People rely on sunlight for heat, light, and energy every day, but three Penn State researchers believe we’re missing a valuable piece of information that sunlight itself could provide — the dynamic directions of incoming light. “In the solar industry, you typically see people measuring the power potential of sunlight, which is important for energy production,” says Jeffrey Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering.

Microgrids, not always economically efficient in regulated electricity

Installing a microgrid within a regulated electricity market will sometimes, but not always, provide an economic benefit to customers, investors and utilities involved, according to new research led by Chiara Lo Prete, assistant professor of energy economics, Penn State.